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February 3, 2010
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Two Funding Opportunities from the SBI Available

Graduate Fellowships for Incoming Students - These graduate fellowships are for $5,000 and are intended to help faculty attract highly qualified graduate students interested in subsurface biosphere research. The awards can be used to supplement financial offers such as TA's and GRA's. Nominations for fellowships received prior to March 15, 2010, will be given first priority; offers may be made before February 15 to exceptional students.

Summer 2010 Undergraduate Internships - The program provides up to $4,000 to help faculty support a summer intern. It focuses on, but is not limited to, under-represented minority and women students. The SBI Web site has examples of past internship projects and students are encouraged to discuss a project with a faculty member before submitting an application. Applications will be reviewed on receipt.

For more information about these programs follow the links or contact


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 p.m., Nash 206. Watershed and Riparian Influences on Hydrology and Nutrients of Streams in the Willamette River Basin (Fisheries & Wildlife Seminar) Speaker: Jim Wigington.

Friday, February 5, 4:00-6:00 p.m., MU Powell Leadership Room. Self-Stratification due to Suspended Sediment in Rivers and Turbidity Currents: The Delicate Balance of the Latter. Speaker: Gary Parker, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 6th Edwards Lecture, sponsored by the Miles Lowell and Margaret Watt Edwards Endowment, College of Engineering.

Monday, February 8, 4:00-5:00 p.m., ALS 4000. Two Water Worlds: Isotope Evidence that Trees and Streams Return Different Pools of Water to the Hydrosphere. Speaker: Renee Brooks, EPA, Corvallis, Plant Science Seminar Series, Co-Sponsored by the departments of: Botany & Plant Pathology, Crop & Soil Science, Forest Ecosystems & Society, & Horticulture.

Thursday, February 11, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Strand 111. Film: Downwind Downstream. 60 minutes – This 1988 film about water pollution from mine drainage and acid rain remains relevant today. Check out the NY Times series “Toxic Waters: A series about the worsening pollution in American waters and regulators’ response” fo updates on some of the issues presented in the film. Part of the Winter Water Film Series.

Thursday, February 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ALS 4001. A. Morrie Craig, Oregon State University (Linus Pauling Institute Seminar Series).

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Conference Information

Thursday, February 18 - Friday, February 19, Edgefield in Troutdale (Portland). - Oregon Society of Soil Scientists (OSSS) - Winter meeting 2010 The theme is "The Soil-Waste Interface".  Two days of talks, field trip to Sandy River Soils and the Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and meals. Special advanced showing of DIRT: The Movie. FMI: OSSS President Daniel Moreno -

February 21. Abstract deadline for the Goldschmidt 2010 Earth, Energy, and the Environment Conference, Knoxville, TN, June 13-18, 2010.

February 22-26, Portland, Oregon. Ocean Sciences Meeting. The theme is From Observation to Prediction in the 21st Century. February 3 is the online registration deadline.

February 25. Abstracts and applications for student travel grants due for the 2010 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, 22–25 June 2010, Taipei, Taiwan.


Opportunities for Students

HJ Andrews EcoInformatics Summer Institute (EISI) for undergraduate and early graduate students - Students receive a stipend for the ten week program where they will undertake research in compelling and complex resource management issues involving land use change, climate change, water, forests, streams, wildfire, and endangered species. Applicatons due: February 13, 2010.

ASM Congressional Science Fellowship. This program selects a postdoctoral to mid-career microbiologist to spend one year on the staff of an individual congressman, congressional committee or with some other appropriate organizational unit of Congress. The award will include a $60,000 stipend plus health care. The fellowship runs from September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2009. Applications due: February 19, 2010.

Marine Habitat Natural Resources Fellowship at ODFW- The Natural Resources Fellow will work with ODFW Marine Resources Program staff at the ODFW offices in Newport, OR. The Fellow will concentrate efforts on quantitatively describing the distribution, abundance, and habitat associations of epibenthic marine invertebrates that occur on nearshore rocky reefs in Oregon’s coastal zone. The objective of this project is to enhance our understanding of the ecology of Oregon’s reefs for conservation and resource management purposes. Applicatons due: March 1, 2010.

OSU Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity Summer Grants - The URISC Fund is intended to enable undergraduate students to initiate a scholarly relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. Awards are made to support scholarly, creative, and research activities and can support student wages, travel and some other expenses. For the summer program, the Research Office will provide 60% of the total budget request to a maximum of $1,800. Proposals due Monday, March 1, 2009.

Sigma Xi Student Research Grants - Grants of up to $1,000 to support undergraduate and graduate student research in any field of science and engineering. International students and non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply. Applicatons due: March 15, 2010.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

Preproposal due: 20 February 2010. NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops (Full Proposal due: 20 May 2010).

Description: International Planning Visit/Workshop awards to support the early phases of developing and coordinating a research and education activity with a foreign partner(s). OISE does not provide support for U.S. scientists and engineers to participate in international conferences or congresses; nor does it provide support for such meetings. OISE can support workshops that may immediately precede or follow a larger-scale conference when they add an international dimension that is focused on building research collaboration.
Funding Details: Support for workshops will be for a maximum of two years and a maximum total budget of $60,000 over the duration of the award.

Preproposal due: 4 March 2010. DOD: Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).

Description: Call includes requests for pre-proposals in the area of Protection and Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater.

8 March 2010. NSF: Geosciences Education.

Description: In FY 2010 and FY 2012, the GeoEd program invites proposals in four main areas: * advancing public Earth system science literacy * fostering development and training of a diverse scientific and technical workforce * utilizing modern technologies to facilitate and increase access to geoscience education and/or develop innovative approaches for using geoscience research activities and data for educational purposes; and, * establishing regional networks and alliances that bring together scientists, formal and informal science educators, as well as other stakeholders, in support of improving Earth system science education and broadening participation in the geosciences.

11 March 2010. DOD Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program - SEED Solicitation.

Description: The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding, not to exceed $150,000 in total cost and approximately one year in duration, for researchers to test proof of concept for work that will investigate new environmental approaches that entail high technical risk and/or have minimal supporting data. Example topics include: ERSEED-11-01 - In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments

15 March 2010. Marie Tharp Fellowship for Women at the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Description: 3 month fellowship for women PhD's to conduct research at Lamont-Doherty.
Funding Details: up to $30k

Preproposal due: 15 March 2010. NSF: Water Sustainability and Climate (Full Proposal due: 15 April 2010).

Description: The goal of the Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) solicitation is to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use, the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models. Proposals that do not broadly integrate across the biological sciences, engineering, geosciences, and social sciences may be returned without review. Successful proposals are expected to study water systems in their entirety and to enable a new interdisciplinary paradigm in water research.
Funding Details: 3 types of awards, some up to $5M.

Preproposal due: 16 March 2010. NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), Multiproject Program Grants (P42) (Full Proposal due: 15 April 2010).

Description: Grants made under the SRP are for coordinated, multi-project, multi-disciplinary programs. The objective remains to establish and maintain a unique Program that links and integrates biomedical research with related engineering, hydrogeologic, and ecologic components. Topics: (1) advanced techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect on human health of hazardous substances; (2) methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances; (3) methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment; and (4) basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances.
Funding Details: $11.0 million available for four to five SBRP grants.

17 March 2010. USEPA: Characterization and modeling of Nitrogen loading from transportation sources and attenuation by roadside vegetation buffers in an urbanized watershed.

Description: Research should specifically address the ability of the applicant to quantify the loading of atmospheric nitrogen from transportation sources associated with the Tampa Bay watershed or similar urbanized watershed and be able to assess the potential for road side vegetation buffers to attenuate those loads.

17 March 2010. Foundation: James S. McDonnell Research Awards for Studying Complex Systems.

Description: The Complex Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools that can be applied to the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. It is anticipated that research funded in this program will address issues in fields such as biology, biodiversity, climate, demography, epidemiology, technological change, economic development, governance, or computation.
Funding Details: A maximum of $450,000 total costs can be requested and the funds can be expended over a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 6 years.

Preproposal due: 23 March 2010. NSF: Environmental Synthesis Center (Full Proposal due: 14 July 2010).

Description:The center will foster synthetic, collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts to understand and predict the complex interactions among ecological populations, communities and ecosystems, the geophysical environment, and human actions and decisions that underlie global environmental change.

26 March 2010. USDA: Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China.

Description: In 2010, the Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program will accept proposals for *food security, *climate change, alternative energy, food safety, animal and plant health, agricultural biotechnology and other emerging technologies, food and non-food product development, and sustainable plant and animal production, and natural resources management.
Funding Details: Covers per diem expenses for visiting teams but not airfare.

Preproposal due: 23 March 2010. NSF: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) (Full Proposal due: 6 October 2010).

Description: The PAESMEM Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups (i.e., women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the Nation's human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Preproposal due: 20 April 2010. NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (Full Proposal due: 4 June 2010).

Description: This program provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to bring their leading research practice and findings into K-12 learning settings. Funding can be used for graduate student fellowships, K-12 teacher professional development and program development at the university to enhance graduate education.
Funding Details: Up to $600k for five years.

21 April 2010. NSF: Strategic Technologies for CyberInfrastructure (STCI).

Description: The primary goal of the Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure (STCI) Program is to support activities that lead to innovative cyberinfrastructure but are not currently funded by other programs or solicitations. Eligible projects include development, deployment, research, and education necessary to create cyberinfrastructure, or creation of cyberinfrastructure that will enable innovative science and education. Proposals submitted to STCI should demonstrate a significant potential to transform multiple areas of science and/or education that depend on the development and deployment of CI.

26 April 2010. NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM).

Description: Support will be provided to academic institutions to establish innovative programs to engage undergraduates in a year-round research and mentoring activity. Particular emphasis will be placed on broadening participation of members of groups historically underrepresented in science and engineering. Letters of intent no longer required.

The SBI has funding available for proposal development and maintains a list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.

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